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Bureaucracy is stonewalling research: CNR Rao
13 Dec 2011

Eminent scientist and educator Professor CNR Rao has accused Indian bureaucracy for stonewalling efforts to make research in central institutions attractive. Blaming the IAS officers for being negligent in clearing proposals to pay higher salaries and incentives for scientists, Rao said that these officers do not want scientists to earn more than them.

“If we want to recruit a talented young researcher and pay him a salary of Rs 1 lakh per month, we cannot do that. Bureaucracy has increased everywhere and it has turned out to be the biggest bottleneck for development or research. Appointment and promotion of faculty has been hit in many universities (due to this). In central institutions nearly 50 to 60 per cent of the faculty/research positions are vacant mainly because clearance has not come from the Ministries concerned,” he said.

Rao, who was in Tamil Nadu to inaugurate an International Conference on Advanced Materials (ICAM - 2011), said “But private institutions like PSG College of Technology do not have such kind of restriction and should start working on various research activities and produce results, as in the case of many foreign countries.” 

Expressing concern on the fact that very few Indian institutions figured among the Top 100 world institutions Rao noted, “We only have few experts in every field. If they go, we would be helpless. We are running short of talented youth who pursue research. We should create a large manpower capable of doing high capacity research. The contribution of US and China towards Science is 17 per cent and 13.5 per cent respectively, whereas in India it is just 2-3 per cent.”

[Source: IBNLive]

 

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Rishi Aggarwal
27 Jan 2012

A friend was in December commenting about how people like CNR Rao are the real problem and how a number of these really old people do not want to give up control and keep denying younger (in 40's and 50's) people a chance to come in leadership positions.

Its become easy to blame the bureacracy for everything. In institution after institue there are horror stories of old fogs and stupid people entrenching themselves and making lives miserable for brighter people. That needs to handled with more urgency.

Rishi Aggarwal
22 Jan 2012

A friend was in December commenting about how people like CNR Rao are the real problem and how a number of these really old people do not want to give up control and keep denying younger (in 40's and 50's) people a chance to come in leadership positions.

Its become easy to blame the bureacracy for everything. In institution after institue there are horror stories of old fogs and stupid people entrenching themselves and making lives miserable for brighter people. That needs to handled with more urgency.

Raghbendra Jha
09 Jan 2012

Largely accurate analysis. What the article does not mention is the fact that most scientists in India find pandering to such bureaucrats more profitable and better for their careers than doing good reserach. This is most evident in the field of economics where bureaucrats get passed off as "eminent" economists when they are no more than file pushers!

Dr R K Singh
20 Dec 2011

Der se his sahi, jaage to! There is so much corruption in the higher education, thanks to bureaucracy, via UGC and all those funding agencies, that it will take years to improve research culture in the country.

Laxmi T Rao
19 Dec 2011

Great! Person who sits in the highest position is criticising the buracracy! I wish such people comes up with good strategy for a good solution rather than criticising buracracy.

Laxmi T Rao
19 Dec 2011

I am unable to accept Prof CN Rao's view completely. In fact, our government has opened up several avenues to prevent brain drains, and giving handsome financial support in establishing the good infrastructure. According to me, it is the scientists who are failing to execute the focused science. The buracracy is not with government, failure is in identifying and placing the right person in a right place-governing bodies and funding agencies. If government is successful in placing the right person, then our contribution can reach peak of the growth.

N.Achuthan
17 Dec 2011

Dear Sir,
It is high time that the Govt. machinery do away with this so called VIPs who perform as an interface between the Minister and the general public with better talented youngsters with MBAs of higher institutions or similar. According to my experience and information, these IAS officers will see that they carry out the wills of their political bosses ( probably to stay in power and even if they have to act against their own conscious) by giving instructions to the heads of institutions /people etc. The Govt. may also study the susess/failure the functioning of ISRO, Railways, RDSO, CISF, military etc.(where the interference is at a minimum level) probably with the help of IIMs/similar institutions.

These people, barring a few percentage, are are not good visionaries of the nation or thought provokers but dignified clerks. Most of them know " how to put up" and to act well between the two. Our elder leaders were left with no choice but to depend up on certain category people like IAS who could be entrusted with both " authority and power". We had good politicians, engineers, IAS/IPS/IRS officers those days and the system worked well. As every one knows, the situation today is different. Let us not generate another team like Anna Hazare, as the days to come.

I still remember few observations and comments made out by Prof. CNR Rao, during a seminar at IITM, that could motivated and transformed me very much
(when I was around 30years). I am very happy to note that we have many leaders and visionaries like CNR Rao, Sam petroda, Manmohan sing ( not because he is the PM) etc. Our country need good visionaries to run it and they should be picked up whether they are employed in Govt, Banks, Private institutions, Military etc.probably for a specified term and never as we are doing now- Enter a Govt. job and retire at the age of 60/65.

N.Achuthan

Kothari
17 Dec 2011

Dear Sir,
I agree 100% with Pro CNR Rao. But IAS officers have been selected based on the all india level competition and placed in a highly adversed situations. Whereas the so called professors who are working in University and colleges enjoy all the facilities provided by the Government and do little work with out accountability and disturb most of the young and interested persons in the field of reasearch AND KILL THEIR SPRIT OF TEACHING AND RESEARCH SKILL BY DOING THEIR PETTY POLITICS and they never allow youngsters to contribute for the development of research because of mere ego and their administrative positions in the academic instituttions as head of the institution and head of the department . i remember one beautiful story that INDIAN CRAB without lid WhenEVER i think about our indian academic institutions . THEY WON'T CONTRIBUTE BY THEMSELVES AND NEVER ALLOW OTHERS ALSO WORK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, NO INSTITUTION IS EXEMPTED FROM THIS IN INDIA.
fIRST AND FOREMOST, THE ELDERS SHOULD CHANGE THEIR MIND SET AND ALLOW YOUNGSTERS TO TAKE UP THE LEAD. NO MERRIT system IS FOLLOWED IN MOST OF THE UNIVERSITIES in India.How can you produce excellent research? YOU HAVE RED TAPISM AT EVERY LEVEL WHICH WILL KILL AND NO RETIREMENT BENEFIT OR ANY INCENTIVE FOR RESEACRH. eVERYBODY IS PLACED AT SAME LEVEL. yOU JUST BRING IN EFFICIENCY BAR IN ACADEMIC CLASS THEN YOU SEE THE CHANGE.

DR.T.E.PARTHASARATHY
16 Dec 2011

ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.THEY DONT WANT DESI RESEARCH.

Chandra Bhushan Sharma
15 Dec 2011

Good that Dr. Rao has raised this issue but I don't agree with him much. I think we in the academia are ourselves not much sure about what we want to do, to augment research output. The bureaucrats start applying their minds as we don't have clear plan of action. Bureaucrats even though normally less qualified are much more intelligent and we fail to counter their proposals. I don't think we should suspect their proposals but it is like seven blind men trying to define research.
By making such statements we unnecessarily create more animosity between stakeholders. Let us create an atmosphere for congenial discussion so that we can go forward, and not try to score a point.

Prof. M.V.Basaveswara Rao
14 Dec 2011

It is true to some extent , but they are not to be blamed for the total cause. there are some good officers.
directors of CSIR and other research labs and ViceChancellors of the Universities must be made responsible for the poor performance of the organizations and their Scientists.

Prof. M.V.Basaveswara Rao
14 Dec 2011

It is true that Bureaucracy has increased everywhere and dedicated scientists are not getting support from the bureaucracy. at the same time I disagree that they are only the cause for the problems. 1st generation and second generation scientists may have to take some blame for the cause. the poor performance for the scientists from Indian universities is due to the role played by the authorities in appointing faculty and mainly vice chancellors. most of the vice chancellors are appointed on the basis of caste and their political back up. They in turn are responsible for selecting inefficient researchers/ faculty. same is the case with the directors of CSIR labs. why their services are to be extended. they should concentrate on research using their experience. most of the directors of labs show much interest in extension of their director ships. they shouldt be given chance in administration they should be made responsible for the outcome. then the dream of india to excell in science will come true.

V K Dilawari
14 Dec 2011

Most of us agree with CNR, make universities autonomous and appoint VCs with honesty, budget allocation shall be absolute and at one go, after this demand results, i.e. complete accountability and then see the results. Politicians and babus may excuse completely.

Dr Surinder Sahani
14 Dec 2011

People might dislike him but what he says just cant be ignored. He is always spot on. Respect Sire!

Pratap
14 Dec 2011

I am not denying the comments of Prof. CNR Rao's views. I am writing an article on Bureaucracy VS Democracy as it highlights the importance of bureaucracy as it plays crucial role in implementing public policies. Bureaucracy as old as government. Even at the time of LPG era, government can not survive without bureaucracy. I think Rao's comments may highlight the issue of generalist vs specialist.

Dr.-Ing. Anupam K Singh
14 Dec 2011

We cann't disagree with Prof CNR Rao, any more. Unfortunately, it is the state of art in India. It is high time not only to understand, but to recognise the contribution by research faculty. The people of certain sections should raise above personal level and allow research to take shape in India. Otherwise, it will be society without science and sustainable contributions.

KTR
14 Dec 2011

I think Prof Rao has realized at the time of his bedridden stage. I wish him good luck.

Dr.Anand Kar
13 Dec 2011

I do agree to some extent with Prof. Rao. However, I also find some fault with the academic policies of UGC, particularly for the poor performance in Indian universities.. Should it emphasize primarily on number on Ph. D production, rather than number of quality publications for promotion and appointment? Even if good publication holders with 3 to 4 years additional teaching experience were promoted with the same date as that of juniors, because of cut off effective date as 1998, irrespective of the teaching experiences. Is it not a discouraging factor?. It is providing funds to all Universities, does it monitor regularly? Has it ever tried to remove the administrative problems prevalent in state universities?. Does it ensure that its policy decisions are effectively implemented in state Universities? Does it ensure that deserving candidates are being promoted or appointed to Associate professor and Professor by sending its 2 to 3(not one) nominees or by raising the level of minimum requirement? I doubt/wonder, many professors (in Biosciences/ Zoology, may be in other subjects also) enrolled in UGC website have very less number of publications in standard research journals.
In nut shell in India if good performers are not encouraged and bad ones are not punished, our universities will not compete with that of other countries.
A. Kar